My Food Stories
My Food Stories: Let’s Dine Inn!!
By Denise Chua | July 6, 2017
Recently, Mr. Good and Ms. Teatime discovered an awesome dining concept Dine Inn. To summarize, Dine Inn is an online platform that is similar to Airbnb. While Airbnb provides lodging, Dine Inn connects you with hosts that offer home cooked meals. You can choose to dine at the host’s place, do a self collection or arrange for delivery. Some hosts even offer chef-for-hire services. After having several wonderful meals via this platform, Mr. Good and Ms. Teatime are very excited to share this fantastic find with their fellow foodies, Mr. Bargain Hunter and Mr. MRT.
“Guys, have you tried Dine Inn?”
“Not tried but I have heard about it. It’s the online platform started by Chef Eric Teo for home cooks to provide their food to us.”
Mr. Bargain Hunter:
“Does it provide delivery service?”
“Food delivery is an option on Dine Inn but that's not their main selling point. The highlight at Dine Inn is to visit different home cooks at their homes to dine with them!”
Mr. Bargain Hunter:
“Huh? Go to a stranger’s house? Is that safe? What if they try to rob me? Or serve me dirty food causing me to lao sai (diarrhea)?”
“Haha! This platform is meant to connect ‘home cooks and foodies’ not ‘home crooks and freebies’. As much as you are afraid of the host, the host is also afraid of you so some amount of trust is a prerequisite here.
As for food hygiene, before the hosts can list their food for sale on Dine Inn, they have to first obtain a Basic Food Hygiene Course Certificate so you can be assured that they are equipped with the right food handling knowledge. Being home cooks, the hosts also prepare extra portions for their family while preparing the meals for us, so we can trust that the food will be prepared in a safe manner. Additionally, Dine Inn also provides public liability insurance to protect hosts and guests."
"Ahhh... Bargain Hunter, I know how to settle your fears!! You can get to know your hosts prior to booking! Obviously one way is to check the online reviews on Dine Inn. But the better way is to attend one of Dine Inn's Makan-tastic Community events! These events happen pretty often at various locations around Singapore and admission is FREE (plus you get a goodie bag*)!! At the event, you will get to meet and chat with participating hosts and even sample their food for FREE. I heard the next one will be in August. We can go together!"
*Admission & food sampling (coupons will be issued) at Makan-tastic events are FREE but pre-registration is required. UPDATE (01/09/2017): Makan-tastic events has ceased.
Mr. Bargain Hunter:
“Ok. That sounds good.”
“I am more worried about having to socialize with people I don’t know. You know I tend to be shy and quiet with people I barely know. I will hate to be feeling awkward while eating.”
”You know I am quiet just like you. But food is a universal language and a great ice breaker! As you eat, the conversation will flow. To make it fool proof, bring along someone chatty like Ms. Teatime!”
“Mr. Good!!!??? I'm not chatty, I am friendly! Haha! Seriously, I don’t mind tagging along as your public relations officer if you pay for the meal!
To be fair, it is common to be skeptical about something that is foreign to us. But once you try to dine at a host's, I guarantee that you will be hooked! The dining experience is unlike at a restaurant; Dine Inn vs Restaurant is akin to Boutique Hotel vs Five-Star Hotel. Both Dine Inn (individual hosts) and Boutique Hotels are small scale without all the frills. But they are charming because they are one of a kind and personalized. With each dine at a host's experience, I gained a new friend or at least some new cooking knowledge!"
Dear readers, what about you? Which character above best describes your attitude towards dining at a stranger’s place? Are you excited to do so? Perhaps you will like to try out Dine Inn via delivery or takeaway first? Either way, Dine Inn features exclusive hosts and takeaway food that are not commonly found elsewhere so I will urge you to try! Don't hesitate because NOW is the best time to try them out! Make use of the limited time** promocode “myfoodstory15” to get 15% off ALL orders on Dine Inn!! To read more about the food we have tried at Dine Inn, browse below. Or visit Dine Inn Website to browse all hosts.
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